Mineville Struggling two months ago, the Moriah Food Pantry is now well-stocked and ready for the holidays.
In October pantry shelves were nearly empty and the community service was short of cash. But following a Times of Ti article alerting people of the situation, more than $3,000 and many food donations came pouring in.
“Those donations have allowed us to keep going,” said Sue Morse, pantry director. “We really want to express out thanks to all the people who helped us. It’s our Christmas miracle.”
The Moriah Food Pantry got more good news Nov. 30 when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited.
Canadian Pacific made a $1,000 donation to the food shelf and people attending contributed another $240 in cash along with food items.
The Port Henry Fire Department then made a $500 donation in memory of Staff Sgt. Venne, age 29, of Port Henry who was killed in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 3. Venne was a Port Henry firefighter.
“We’re in good shape right now,” Morse said of the food pantry. “We’ll have to watch our dollars in the new year, but all the families we serve will have a good Christmas because of the generous donations from the people of Moriah.”
This has been a difficult year for area pantries because of a shortage of food at the Northeast Regional Food Bank that supplies them and increased food costs.
“We used to buy 10-15 cases of food at a time from the food bank,” Morse said. “Now we’re lucky to get two cases, if any at all.”
The Moriah Food Pantry, located in the basement of All Saints Church on Bartlett Pond Road in Mineville, serves about 85 families a month, Morse said.
The food pantry is open 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. People seeking food must meet income guidelines and present identification with a Moriah address along with an electric bill.
The pantry director is asking residents to donate non-perishable food items, hold food drives and make cash donations.
Non-perishable food can be left in drop boxes at Mac’s Market in Port Henry, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Port Henry, All Saints Church in Mineville and at other churches in the town.
Cash donations can be mailed to the Moriah Food Pantry, 15 Maple Lane, Mineville 12956. Cash is needed to purchase meat and other perishable foods.